It’s been a bit quiet on the cooking front here lately. I even made pasta with JARRED sauce. I know, I know. I have a food blog and I used jarred spaghetti sauce? Of course! Sometimes it’s about getting dinner on the table because you’re hangry, and you need foodz before you go to crossfit. Speaking of crossfit, I thought this would be a perfect time to share 5 Tips to Survive Your First CrossFit Class!
Going to your first crossfit class is terrifying. You’ve probably heard how crazy the workouts are, and have been given an earful about “pushing yourself” from a crossfitter who can’t keep out of your business.
1. FIND A GOOD CROSSFIT GYM (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A “BOX”).
Some crossfit gyms are better than others. It’s best to get a recommendation from a friend, but if you’re not close to any crossfitters, look at reviews online. See if the gym has a free week or trial period. Go and talk to the coaches, and ask them how they will modify the workouts to fit your capabilities. Every crossfit move can be modified or scaled down. You don’t start out deadlifting three hundred pounds and doing pullups. I
started with am still doing girl pushups, and I can’t do a pullup to save my life. It’s about progress, and a good crossfit gym will have coaches that help you succeed, not push you too far.
2. WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, PREFERABLY THAT MOISTURE-WICKING EXPENSIVE STUFF. ALSO GET GLOVES.
There’s a reason workout clothes are expensive. They are infinitely more comfortable than regular clothes and they’re custom designed to wick moisture away from your body. And believe me, there will be plenty of moisture. You’ll be super sweaty by the time you’re done, and you really (REALLY) don’t want to be wearing a heavy, cold, soaked cotton shirt. Wear clothes that give you full mobility (I wear tank tops) and that fit you. Seriously, you don’t want to have to worry about your pants falling down in the middle of doing squats. As for gloves, unless you’ve got some callouses on your hands or lift weights regularly, you’ll want a barrier between your skin and the metal bars you’ll be grabbing. Trust me, ripping skin off your hand or getting blisters is not only painful, but will derail you from being able to complete exercises properly for a few days. Just get some flexible weightlifting gloves (not the kind with giant pads on each finger – you just want a thin layer of material over your hand, fingers free, and some kind of grippy plastic-like substance on the palm).
3. EAT FOOD AND DRINK WATER.
This seems like common sense, but it’s worth noting. If all you’ve had to eat today is a rice cake and a snickers, and no water, you’re probably going to feel dizzy and lightheaded, and your energy level will be seriously low. Your body needs fuel, so make sure you’re eating real whole foods on a regular basis, and not processed junk with a side of caffeine. Try not to eat at least one hour before class, so your body doesn’t have to digest things while you’re working out. This means you have to plan to eat before going. Yes, plan. You got this.
4. DON’T KILL YOURSELF.
You definitely should NOT be working out until you throw up, collapse on the floor from an asthma attack, blow out your knees by trying to lift too much, or pushing yourself beyond what your body is capable of doing. If you have a good coach, they will be watching you carefully, making sure you don’t overdo it. Repeat after me: form is more important than weight. If you don’t have the form down, you are guaranteed to hurt yourself accidentally. Stop trying to be a superhero. This is your first class, after all.
5. HAVE FUN!
I know what you’re thinking. Have fun!? Are you crazy? Probably, but not because I think you should relax and enjoy yourself. The workout is going to be hard, but it’s not going to kill you. You might meet some fun people! Everyone there started where you are at some point, and they understand. Try to focus on each moment as you move through the workout, not count the seconds until its over. When you’re done, you’ll feel fantastic because you accomplished something! And the more you go to the workouts, the more you will see improvement and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Are you scared of CrossFit? Why? If you CrossFit, share your experience of going to your first class!